Category Archive: Tips

Ear Problems: Side Effects of Life in the Sky

As I sit in my hotel room on Maui, watching the sun come up on this island paradise, I think about how fortunate I am to have the type of job that allows me to leave the rain (and occasional snow) of Seattle.  I get to wear shorts, read by the pool, and sit on my deck with a morning coffee.  I can look out my balcony at some lovely grounds (I don’t have an ocean view), and hear the waves in the distance.  Later this morning I might go for a walk and then have my favorite macadamia french toast for breakfast.  Life seems pretty darn good! But what I rarely talk about are the side effects to flying.  From frequent time zone changes, inconsistent sleep patterns, injuries from pushing carts and lifting bags, poor eating habits, and exposure […]

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Help for Travelers with Ear Problems

Today I have an important guest post that will be of importance to anyone who suffers from ear discomfort while flying.  I’m a sufferer, as a result of allergy and sinus-related issues, so have to take a lot of precautions when I travel.  And that includes not flying when my ears get too bad! —- As a former hospital nurse and now as a nurse consultant in the travel industry, I have found patient/traveler education vital to success when dealing with health issues. Understanding the function of the body greatly increases compliance and personal satisfaction in preventing or treating ailments. I have found this especially true when reaching out to those who suffer with ear problems associated with flying, scuba diving, allergies, or colds.  Most people are aware that ears can be an issue when flying – and many think […]

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5 Less Visited European Destinations That are Worth the Trip

Today I have a guest post that going to push us onto a different path, the less traveled one, as we visit another side of Europe. —- Many of us, who have traveled Europe extensively, know the continent’s greatest and most popular resorts and have grown tired of the tourist traps and overcrowded summer seasons.  With so many well established resorts available, it’s easy to overlook some of Europe’s most charming destinations that are just a bit off the beaten path.  These are destinations that can offer the same level of services, better views and a guarantee that you will still have the best holiday ever, with a wide range of prices to suit every budget.  All the great stuff, but without the melting pot of tourism. So open your hearts and minds and dare to explore Europe all over […]

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Travel Tip: 10 Places to Find Someone Who Speaks English

International travel can be uncomfortable for people because of a belief that a language barrier will keep them from getting around and having a good time.   It’s one of the travel fears cited for traveling in non-English speaking countries. Unlike most of the rest of the world, average Americans only speak English.  We may have taken a couple years of foreign language study while in school, but that’s often not enough for travel fluency.  I find myself in that same situation.  While at one time I was fluent in Spanish, my non-use of the language now has me muttering and groping for the right word or phrase in a conversation. I’ve found that some effort on my part, part English and part language of the country I’m traveling in, along with some pointing and gesturing, usually does the trick.  Since […]

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New York City Airport Transportation

If a visit to New York City is in your plans, you’ll enjoy today’s guest post outlining your options from getting into the city from the area’s three major airports.  One method not mentioned, and I think worth exploring, in the train/subway connection.  Do your homework and you’ll save time and money. —- Whether flying for business or leisure, planning transportation can often bet the most challenging part of a trip. Not only that, but if there is something that travelers typically forget to plan for, transportation and parking is often that one thing. Thus, many travelers have to settle for the most convenient transportation and parking options, which aren’t always the most economical. This couldn’t more so be the case than in NYC, which has multiple airports, including the big three, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. As one of the […]

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10 Tips for Stress Free Checked Bags

Checked bags haven’t gone away, they’ve just become more expensive.  Depending on your airline, your frequent flier status with the airline, what class of service you’ve booked, and how much you’ve paid for your ticket, the price for checking your bag can range from nothing on up to $50 per bag.   And that’s not taking into consideration over-sized over over-weight bags that require special handling. Despite the fees, if I’ve packed for longer than a simple getaway weekend, I check my bags. I hear the collective gasp go out among frequent travelers now! But I have very good reasons for preferring to check my bags, and the primary one is that I have to tote and lift everything when I’m working, and I simply don’t want to do it the rest of the time.  I love the freedom of carrying […]

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10 Vacation Planning Tips for Exotic Destinations

Exotic travel destinations don’t have to be merely a dream vacation.  With in depth research, and lots of planning, a visit to a Gorilla forest camp can be just as simple as a trip to the islands.  The devil is in the details, as they say, so pay attention to the details that can make the trip a simple one. Here are some things to consider: Where do you want to go? Exotic destinations can be found on any continent, it merely depends on your definition of exotic.  Start with a long list of everywhere that interests you, and maybe a few briefs notes about why you’d like to go there, and narrow it down from there. What time of year do you want to travel? Pay attention to rainy and dry seasons to make sure that your interests coincide […]

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Use the Convention & Visitors Bureau for Travel Planning

The difference between good and great is often in the little details, and with travel that means the research that starts before you ever leave home.  Whether it’s for a general overview, specific planning, or maybe just for some inspirational travel ideas, a little travel research can help make your trip great. When your planning a vacation or business trip, where do you go for your travel research?  This blog, I hope!  But where else do you start looking for the information you’ll need to make decisions about things to do and see? One often overlooked FREE source of travel information is the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Often related to tourism bureaus, boards, and commissions, CVB’s are a good resource for information on larger cities.  Larger is a matter of interpretation these days, as more and more small cities have […]

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10 Essentials to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

Beach vacations are a popular choice, whether you’re flying to an exotic location or hitting the shore close to home.  But you can’t just head out to the beach — it can actually be one of the vacation destinations that is complicated to pack for. Here are 10 items that I consider essential for a beach vacation: Swim suit and cover up – whether you’ll be walking to the beach from your hotel room or out the door of your cabin, a swimsuit is the essential item of beach clothing.  You’ll also want a cover up for walking through a hotel lobby, or when it’s time to cut back on your sun exposure.  If you’ll be at the beach for more than a day or two consider packing additional swimsuits. Sunscreen – it seems like this is a no brainer, […]

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How to Write Your Travel Bucket List

We love lists.  We’ve always loved lists.  It’s not a new phenomenon, after all, we had Book of Lists (published in 1983), the New Book of Lists (published in 2005), and various permutations since we’ve acknowledged our fascination with the list.And ever since the movie The Bucket List, we had a name for all those things that we want to do in life before we. . .  well, kick the bucket. I’ve long has a list of places that I want to go, things I want to see and do, and experiences that I can’t wait to give a try, and it’s nice that I now have a special name for that list. The serious travelers that I know all seem to have ongoing, constantly updated, lists.  But what if you don’t have one?  Here are a few of my […]

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